Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Baby It's Cold Outside

REALLY. FREAKING. COLD

If I am going to keep on task becoming a runner again, I need to learn to love running in this shit. Even though today's temp is well below zero, it is still doable with the right clothing. Unfortunately, I don't have the right clothing. Rather than lose a few digits to frostbite, I sat this round out and made a list of the gear I need. I need just about everything.

I do have a pair of fleece-lined tights that I can wear as an under layer and a few long sleeve tech shirts but that is about it. I need stuff to keep me warm yet not too bulky so I can move freely.

Cold weather people, what are your must haves for running in the tundra? I see some shopping in my future. Ha!

I have also decided that I am going to keep my membership to the gym so that I can run on the dreadmill when the temps get really low. I hate cold, but I hate the dreadmill more so I would rather brave the elements than spend time on the machine. It will be nice to have a back up.

Speaking of gear....
We are doing a Secret Santa gift exchange at work and I got a great gift

Thank you Secret Santa! I love it. It is perfect for my 2009 goals.

21 comments:

Julianne said...

I have absolutely no advice for running in the cold. I need some, myself. I'm freezing my buns off in California... and I think it's in the mid 40s today. Ok, I'll stop whining now...

Shosh said...

What a perfect gift! Now you have to get out there and run :-)

I have a jacket that I run in and some compression tops. A scarf or something to cover your mouth to warm the air is a must. The mitten/glove combo so that you can expose your fingers if they get too hot. A hat.

BTW YES I do have to dodge all of the tourists on my way to and from work. Maybe tomorrow I will post a pic of the mob at The Today Show. Can we say holiday nightmare :-)

BeachRunner said...

That is an awesome secret santa gift. And running in the cold SUCKS. I thank God someone invented the treadmill.

Marlene said...

Awesome gift! Great timing for you. :)

I hate anything bulky and especially jackets that make that Swish-Swish noise. Instead I wear an outer layer made of soft fabric... there are such incredible tech fabrics out there that a couple good (fitted) layers will keep you warm, without the bulk.

Make sure you get some good socks too.. my tootsies have been freezing lately.

And gloves. And a hat and/or ear band.

Happy shopping!

Lisa Slow-n-Steady said...

I'm okay down to about 15deg. Beyond that, I don't run outside.

I wear tights, a sleeveless shirt under a full sleeve shirt under something warmish with a windbreaker on top (layers and layers). Mittens and a hat or earwarmer thing.

I usually end up heating up when I run and start pealing off layers

Al's CL Reviews said...

I love the gloves I have that move the sweat from your hands.
And a hat. But the lowest I've run in is 27 degrees.

D10 said...

Fun gift. I think layers are the best for witer running. I like wearing a vest to keep my core warm.

Marcy said...

OMG Carly I can't roll with in in those temps. I'm with Lisa. Get to about 15-20 and I'm inside on the bike. Usually I do 2 thin layer long sleeve wicking shirts and then put on my Nike ClimaFit jacket to block the wind, rain, snow. Then tights, hats, gloves and I'm good to go.

Brandi said...

Awesome - to the gift. Not the weather. : x

What got you into running? I'm thinking I want to try it out but I haven't really ran since high school and all I can remember from that was pain.

brandi

mommie2lea said...

Please post your list of items when you have them because I need some, too! I run on an indoor track at my gym (5 laps per mile) because I am a chicken about the cold. but if I can get some gear, maybe I can do it, too. :-)

MCM Mama said...

What an awesome gift!

Can't help you on the clothes as I totally wimp out at about 25 degrees LOL.

TNTcoach Ken said...

Sounds like you have the start of your outdoor running gear. Well lets start with hat, gloves and an outer jacket for wind. Since you have the tights, you can get a looser fitting pant to go over them. Now you're ready to brave the elements.

Lily on the Road said...

Sweet gift, now Santa, what about me! LOL...

Winter running:

Helly Hanson long underwear, top & bottom,

Hot Chilly long socks (protect your shins)

winter weight running pants (Saucony's have great pants)

Depends on the day...

Two long sleeve tech shirts over the long underwear top,

Mitts, not gloves,

winter running hat (wicking material)

Buff to cover your mouth & nose if necessary,

Vaseline on your face and lips....

Now, if you still want to go out in all the gear and shit weather, put on your kicks and go!!

LMAO....

Tammy said...

I have a Gore-Tex running suit that I wear in the winter. I can't wear it unless it's under 30 degrees, or it gets too hot. I never wear anything under it unless it's under 20 degrees, or it gets too hot.

The coldest I've run in is about -8, though.

Dawn said...

I run in the cold, to about 20 to 30 degrees, then I mostly stay indoors on the treadmill. I don't mind, as I'd rathern not break my ass slipping on ice.

I really like a nice hat to wear to keep my head warm. If I wear a headband, it covers my ears, but I seem chillier than with a hat. Gloves are an absolute must! Get some gloves or mittens that you'll sweat in, and they also will double to wipe the sweat from your brow ;)

SuperDave said...

I shouldn't complain about it being cold, when you live in MN!!!
now that's cold! I use to live in Chicago and I'm glad I left.
Sadly when it gets below 40 deg, I wimp out to the warmer gym and work on the dreadmill. yes I hate it too..
Cool gift - running stuff!!!!

RooBabs said...

What a great secret Santa gift!

About the running gear, I'm still learning. The coldest I've run in so far is 27.

I normally wear tights (I got some new Reebok ones), a tech t-shirt under a warmer top (some type of technical fleece), with a fleece vest over. If it's wet out, I have a jacket that I wear instead of the vest. I do fleece gloves (but I'm thinking I want something better), and my hands are always cold to start and then get too hot half-way through.

I wear wool socks, and a fleece headband (which is soaked with sweat by the end- although I'm worried that at some point it will freeze, LOL). For much colder than 27, or if it's snowing or raining, I'll wear "track" pants over my tights.

Target actually has a lot of great stuff. I like their t-shirts (and they're $9.99 regular price- got me one last night for 6.98 on clearance). They have cheap fleece, too (reg $14.99, but I got one on sale for $9.99).

I worry about the ice and snow, though, so I'm debating whether to get some Yak Trax or something like that.

There's a great forum currently going on at Runner's Lounge about cold-weather running gear. You can check it out here.

Good luck!!

Heather said...

I cannot run in the winter without Under Armour cold gear and Smart Wool socks. I've found that fleece stuff doesn't work really well because it traps sweat in and make me cold . . . guess it depends on what you have! Eating chocolate and watching The Office is just so much more appealing this time of year . . .

Mendy said...

I don't know how you do it. I don't like running in below 30. Ouch! Your temps are cold, but I guess there are some good running gear out there or people wouldn't run in it.

Good luck!

Diana said...

I pretty much agree with the rest, I have only been outside running when it was 13 degrees, that's the coldest. Today is was only 3 this morning so I hit the dreadmill and actually had a great run today! However, I use great long underwear, a pair of active pants, long underwear long sleeve shirt, a t-shirt and then just a running wind breaker jacket. Gloves and mask over mouth for the asthma! I get pretty warm while running, so I really wear the bare minimum!
Love that book-wonder if they have one for Wisconsin??

AKA Alice said...

I say embrace the dreadmill...it's not so bad.